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Arts & EntertainmentEmail this story | Print this storyPrevious Arts & EntertainmentJuly 16th, 2009North Bay sure betsMST’s ‘Bernstein on Broadway’ opens FridayJuly 15th, 2009North Bay sure betsMST’s ‘Bernstein on Broadway’ opens FridayJuly 9th, 2009New physician’s care center opens on Rowland Way in NovatoMarried to Marin Shakespeare Co., as well as each otherNorth Bay sure betsNovato youths provide the flower power in MSC’s ‘Twelfth Night’July 8th, 2009New physician’s care center opens on Rowland Way in NovatoNorth Bay sure betsReversingdiabetesBy Vanessa GibsonSpecial to the Advance Wednesday, July 22, 2009 2:41 PM PDTFilmmaker, longtime Novato resident and Novato High School graduate Michael Bedar keeps it real by keeping it raw.Sitting on his parents' deck overlooking the Novato High School baseball diamond, an assortment of fresh-from-the-garden veggies in front of him, Bedar recalled his first spark of interest in eating naturally."It all started with my dad's garden.

That initial exposure put me in touch with the value of fresh, organic raw foods.

Not only do they taste better, but they just make you feel better," said Bedar.Bedar's interest in raw foods and healthy living, both physically and mentally, grew."In 2001, I was just completing college.

Shortly thereafter, 9/11 happened.

I began to really think of how our society, our culture was evolving.

Obesity was/is on the rise, and a whole host of weight- and lifestyle-related diseases were rampant.

I had to get away and took a camping trip.

It was there, in the High Sierras, that it really hit me: I wanted the decisions and actions I took in my life to have integrity."I made a conscious decision to live a life as wholly with nature as possible.

I concluded that the most direct way we as individuals can do this is through our food."So much of what we eat is so far removed from its origins as be without meaning, without substance, and therefore without integrity," said Bedar."Raw foods maintain their vitamins, minerals, nutrients and enzymes â€" unlike cooked foods.

A living diet rich in raw foods, as opposed to a dead diet, one rich only in heavily processed, high-sugar foods, is a way of connecting ourselves with nature through our bodies."The camping trip was a turning point for Bedar.

He left the Sierras determined to live a life as connected with nature, with life and living things, as possible.

Eating raw and sharing the benefits that Bedar says raw foods give to our physical and mental health became a passion for him.Bedar's specific area of interest became raw foods in relation to diabetes.

When Bedar entered his senior year at Novato High School in 1995, there were 135 million worldwide cases of diabetes.

By 2025, that number is expected to reach 300 million, according to the National Institutes of Health.Building on his interest and belief that a raw food diet is the most natural and healthiest state for our bodies to be in, Bedar co-founded the company Raw For 30 LLC and in 2008 completed production of the documentary film, "Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days."The film asks the fundamental question: "What if unhealthy people who eat fast food and junk food regularly were filmed eating only vegetables, raw and grown organically, for 30 days?"Filmed on location at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Arizona under the direction of Dr.

Gabriel Cousens, M.D., medical doctor and noted nutritionist, "Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days" attempts to show the opposite of Morgan Spurlock's film, "Super Size Me," in which Spurlock gained weight and damaged his health during a 30-day stint of eating nothing but McDonald's restaurant fast food.With featured interviews of Woody Harrelson ("Cheers," "Seven"), Spurlock and Anthony Robbins (empowerment speaker), amongst others, the film chronicles six ordinary Americans, two with Type I diabetes and four with Type II diabetes, who switch their diet to a 100 percent raw diet.Within four days, all the participants, except one Type I diabetic, were off insulin and all oral anti-diabetic medications.

By the end of the month, all the participants, except one Type I diabetic, had blood sugar levels in the normal range, without any medications.

The threshold for individuals to be considered diabetic is a blood-sugar reading of 125, according to the American Diabetes Association.Since the film, 30 more people have paid for and completed the program, each maintaining normal blood sugar, said Bedar."Right now, the goal of the Tree of Life Foundation is to obtain a grant so they can help 400 people, with minimal charge, to complete the 30-day program," Bedar said.He said the goal of a large study is "not only to teach a healthy eating lifestyle, but to produce a large enough scientific sample to prove to the medical community at large, that this program works."Bedar said as a result of the film and subsequent feedback, "Many individuals have adopted a completely whole foods diet, with 80 percent being raw foods."If individuals are not on prescription medications, it is safe to do this.

If you are on prescription medication you should always seek the advice of your health professional."Bedar has a bachelor of science degree in environmental science from the University of California at San Diego and a masters in nutrition."Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days" will be screened Aug.

26 at 7 p.m.

at the Marin Community Foundation Redwood Room, 5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato.Bedar will also speak at the Raw Health Expo in Santa Rosa on July 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m..

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